News & Analysis

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    Meet Pierre Omidyar! A handy primer for new First Look hires

    Early last week, Ken Silverstein — former Harpers editor and co-founder with Alexander Cockburn of Counterpunch — quit Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, citing management incompetence. By the end of the week, he went a step further, publishing a searing takedown of First Look on Politico. [A]t First Look, we were never able to be fearless. We couldn’t do anything, because we spent so much time in pointless meetings and being slowed down, when we wrote anything, by a lack…
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    Fair warning: Pandoland is not that kind of conference

    Most people take for granted that the 21st century Western world believes women should have a voice. And yet, as America starts to become a place where white, straight men are a minority– a small but significant group of those men are doing everything they can to smack women back down. You know some of the men I’m talking about: Brogrammers in Silicon Valley, those who send death threats to female games journalists in the name of “ethics”, anyone who…
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    Uber database breach compromises the name and drivers license data of 50,000 drivers

    Uber revealed in statement today that the names and driver’s license numbers of as many as 50,000 of its current and former drivers may have been compromised. Approximately 21,000 of these drivers were based in California. The company identified the responsible database vulnerability in September of last year, and said that the unauthorized access occurred in May of the same year. The company began notifying the affected drivers today, while also notifying the California attorney general’s office of the breach. [via LA Times]
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    Read all 13 recaps from our sleepless House of Cards marathon

    We also gave each review its own separate article page. To browse through those, click here. Netflix just flipped the switch on Season Three of House of Cards, and with a pot of coffee brewing and a freezer full of popsicles (nothing but the coldest snacks for the coldest show on television) I’m staying up all night to watch it. Follow all the outrageous political machinations here (and on my Twitter feed) as I recap each episode. Note: This isn’t a live blog…
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    Courts deem CallFire a common carrier, setting a major precedent at intersection of telecom and tech law

    CallFire scored a legal victory today that could have significant downstream implications for the broader technology and telecom industries. In the case Rinky Dink, Inc. vs. Electronic Merchant Systems, heard in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, two plaintiffs claimed that CallFire had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Announcing Device (WADAD) statute, and Washington State law by facilitating unwanted prerecorded sales calls by a vendor selling credit card processing services. CallFire…
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    An average season ends on a high note: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 13, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 39″ I know there’s only been three seasons of House of Cards, but nevertheless this third season feels…
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    “An empire without heirs.” House of Cards Season 3, Episode 12, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 38″ If it weren’t for the words of former male prostitute novelist and a suburban housewife who fantasizes…
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    Will Claire jump? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 11, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 37″ After almost ten episodes of having to suffer through some light-world version of Frank Underwood who lacked…
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    Facebook now allows its users, not a drop-down menu, to define their genders

    Facebook might not allow drag queens or Native Americans to use their real names on its service, but it looks like the company isn’t totally insensitive to its users’ various cultures. The company revealed yesterday that it will no longer define genders via the drop-down list that appeared whenever someone made or updated their Facebook profile information. Instead, the service will now allow users to input whatever gender they like, and to choose which pronoun…
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    How Frank got his groove back: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 10, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 36″ The first two seasons of House of Cards were both slow starters, hitting their stride around…
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    Kim Dotcom’s Mega is dropped by PayPal over end-to-end encryption, may adopt Bitcoin instead

    Mega, the end-to-end encrypted cloud storage platform founded by mercurial entrepreneur and occasional outlaw Kim Dotcom, is back in the news. This time, the company’s primary adversary is PayPal, which earlier this week cancelled its payments processing contract. In a blog post on the news, Mega writes: Eventually PayPal made a non-negotiable decision to immediately terminate services to MEGA. PayPal has apologised for this situation and confirmed that MEGA management are upstanding and acting in good faith. PayPal acknowledged…
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    Prepare for war? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 9, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 35″ When we last left Frank Underwood at the end of “Chapter 34,” the man bore…
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    The War Nerd: Why did Mohammed Emwazi become Jihadi John?

    Everybody knows by now that Jihadi John, that masked man with the bowie knife and the London accent, is actually Mohammed Emwazi, a rich boy from Maida Vale, one of the poshest neighborhoods in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Why, oh why, would a rich boy from a nice home go on to make snuff movies? That’s the whine you hear from the press. As always, first thing to do is question the question; why…
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    Has Frank become… boring? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 8, reviewed

    When Netflix flipped the switch on the third season of House of Cards Friday morning at 3 am, I was up — bleary-eyed but game — to watch and recap each episode. You can read all thirteen recaps from my sleepless marathon in one article here, but for convenience’s sake we also split them up into individual reviews, all of which you can find right here. “Chapter 34″ With Claire and Frank on good terms again, it’s back to business for the Underwoods.…
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    NastyGal raises $16M from Apple retail guru Ron Johnson, plans retail rollout

    Women’s fashion etailer NastyGal has raised $16 million in a round led by former Apple retail guru Ron Johnson, who will join the company’s board of directors. The company is in the early stages of launching its own brick-and-mortar retail strategy. The round comes shortly after NastyGal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso stepped down as CEO, taking the Executive Chairman role while ceding day to day control of the struggling business to then company President, Sheree Waterson. [via ReCode]
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The Week in Review

Friday

female-voices-silicon-valley1 Fair warning: Pandoland is not that kind of conference Read all 13 recaps from our sleepless House of Cards marathon Courts deem CallFire a common carrier, setting a major precedent at intersection of telecom and tech law An average season ends on a high note: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 13, reviewed “An empire without heirs.” House of Cards Season 3, Episode 12, reviewed Will Claire jump? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 11, reviewed Facebook now allows its users, not a drop-down menu, to define their genders How Frank got his groove back: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 10, reviewed Kim Dotcom’s Mega is dropped by PayPal over end-to-end encryption, may adopt Bitcoin instead Prepare for war? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 9, reviewed The War Nerd: Why did Mohammed Emwazi become Jihadi John? Has Frank become… boring? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 8, reviewed Twitter keeps Dick Costolo’s promise with new anti-harassment tools Will Frank lose his Lady Macbeth? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 7, reviewed “I should’ve never made you president.” House of Cards Season 3, Episode 6, reviewed SF’s real income inequality issue isn’t hipsters priced out of homes — It’s the homeless What House of Cards gets wrong about Russia: Season 3, Episode 5, reviewed Another episode, another enemy: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 4, reviewed Has Frank Underwood met his match? House of Cards Season 3, Episode 3, reviewed “You are entitled to nothing.” House of Cards Season 3, Episode 2, reviewed Meet President Underwood: House of Cards Season 3, Episode 1, reviewed